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Call for Papers: Seeking Pro-Choice Activists’ Stories

Serena Freewomyn sent out a mail this morning asking for contributions -

Hello Feminists For Choice!

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend.  Just a short reminder to all of you that Feminists For Choice is seeking pro-choice narratives for our upcoming e-book.  We'd love to hear from you about how and why you became a pro-choice activists.  For full submission details, check out the Call for Papers.

Feminists For Choice is seeking essays or narratives from feminists about what drives them to activism.  Essay topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
•    When did you first call yourself a feminist?
•    What does feminism mean to you?
•    Did you grow up in a pro-choice household, or was your family anti-choice?
•    If you grew up in an anti-choice household, what influenced your decision to become involved in the pro-choice movement?
•    What does the pro-choice movement mean to you?
•    What does activism look like to you?
•    What do you envision as the future for the pro-choice movement?

Pro-choice activists of all ages, gender identities, races, and experience levels are encouraged to contribute.

The essays will be compiled into an e-book, which will be available for download at  All proceeds will benefit Feminists For Choice, and will enable us to continue expand our online resources for the pro-choice community.

Submission Instructions:
•    Essays should be 5000 words or less
•    Submissions should be sent via e-mail to
•    File format should be .doc, .docx, or .rtf

•    All submissions should be received by February 15, 2009.
•    If your essay is chosen for publication, you will be notified by March 1, 2009.

For More Information:
Please contact Serena Freewomyn, founder of Feminists For Choice, via e-mail at

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Interfaith Commemoration Service for International Transgender Day of Remembrance, 11/20/2009

Please join us in marking the 11th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the memory of transgendered, transsexual, genderqueer and gender non-conforming people who have been killed as a result of their gender identities and expressions.  Please pass this open invitation along to your friends, communities and institutions.

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Fat Studies Reader Book Signing & Reading

Friday, December 4, 2009
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Re/Dress NYC
109 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Published by NYU Press, The Fat Studies Reader is a milestone achievement, bringing together fifty-three diverse voices to explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection covers it all.

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Condemn Arrests of LGBT in Caracas

[via IGLHRC]

Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Venezuela Diversa C.A. and demand that Caracas and Venezuelan authorities fully and fairly investigate the arbitrary detentions of 19 LGBT people and human rights defenders, including minors, in Caracas on October 9, 2009 and adopt measures to prevent arbitrary detentions based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the future.

The Issue

On Friday October 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm, Yonatan Matheus and Omarliv Marques, members of Venezuela Diversa, were arbitrarily detained by Caracas police on Villaflor Street, Parroquia El Recreo (a street where clubs and pubs for LGBTI people are located) when they tried to obtain information from and film the actions of the police.

The police ultimately detained 19 gay and lesbian people, more than 11 of which were minors, confiscating their IDs and cell phones, abusing them verbally referring to their sexual orientation, and beating them. Omar hid his cell phone and was able to call his colleagues and the Ombudsmen Office. Among those detained were also two men who told the police that they were heterosexual. Unlike the people identified as gay and lesbian, these men were treated respectfully and were allowed to speak by telephone with officials.

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sex Worker’s Outreach Project - Tucson

Please Join Us December 17, 2009 for the
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Event in Tucson, Arizona!

In 2009, sex workers from around the globe met gruesome deaths and endured unspeakable violence.  Some died at the hands of a solitary perpetrator; others were victims of serial “prostitute killers.”  While some of these horrific stories received international media attention (Boston, Grand Rapids, Albuquerque, Tijuana, Hong Kong, Moscow, Great Britain, Cape Town, New Zealand), other cases received little more than a perfunctory investigation.  Many cases remain unresolved, sometimes forever.

In fact, most violent crimes against sex workers remain unreported.  Stigma and decriminalization facilitate this violence; when sex work is criminalized, prostitutes can't turn to the police for protection without risking prosecution themselves.  Sex workers remain one of the largest marginalized populations in existence without the benefit of the basic civil rights that everyone else takes for granted.

Each year, December 17th marks the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Last year’s event in Washington, D.C. was a big success and this year, sex workers and their allies from across the U.S. will gather together in Tucson, Arizona to remember and honor sex workers who have been victimized by virtue of their chosen profession - including rape, assault and murder.

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CALL FOR PAPERS “Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers”

Special Issue for Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, Edited by Susan Dewey, Ph.D. (University Studies, DePauw University)

Sex workers throughout the world share a uniquely maligned mystique that simultaneously positions them as sexually desirable and socially repulsive.  In order to better understand how these processes function cross-culturally, this special issue of Wagadu invites papers focusing upon the everyday lives of sex workers, broadly defined as those who exchange sexual services for something of value.

While recent years have witnessed a dramatic outpouring of feminist scholarship on sex work (Bernstein 2007; Day 2007; Doezema 2001; Kempadoo 2005, 1998; Kuo 2002; Munro and Della Giusta 2008), much of this literature unintentionally reinforces the social stigmatization of sex workers by depicting them solely through their income-earning activities. 

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Axis Dance Company 2009 Performance

November 6-8th Home Season. Buy your tickets today!

“The artistry is stunning: lines and imagery that push the boundaries of dance.” – Best of the East Bay Dance Troupe 2009. Diablo Magazine

World premiere by choreographer David Dorfman, composers Albert Matthias & Michael Wall, Vessel by Alex Ketley/poet Carol Snow, Terre Brune by Sonya Delwaide/composer Joan Jeanrenaud and Air Mail Dances by Remy Charlip / AXIS Dance Company / composer Caroline Penwarden.


Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street (between 14th and 17th streets) Oakland, CA
Close to BART and plenty of parking

November 6th – 7th, Fri –Sat at 8pm
November 8th Sun at 2pm
Tickets Fri - Sat: $22 general, $20 students, seniors and disabled, $14 youth 17 years and under. Sun, November 8h is Target Family Performance and Gala! Same show, tickets are $10

Box Office 1 (800) 838-3006.
Purchase online at
When purchasing tickets please indicate if you will be in need of wheelchair seating so that we can properly accommodate everyone.

Visit the AXIS Dance Company on facebook.

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Trans/Giving's 6 Year Birthday Bash

Trans/Giving's Sixth Year Birthday Bash- Trans & Gender Queer Bands & Musicians


Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:00 PM


Join our beautiful and talented Trans/Giving community to celebrate six years of bringing you the best of transgender, gender queer and intersex artists in Los Angeles and the country!

Let us come together for one giant fabulous party!

Live musicicians, bands and DJ Nova Jade spinning an awesome set!

Alex Davis

Jara Matthews


DJ Nova Jade

Shitting Glitter

* Hooping Performances by Movers and Shakers
* Chair massage and healing by Pati Garcia (aka the Chula Doula)
* Zines/Chapbooks for sale
* Original Artwork For Sale
* CD's and Band Merchandise For Sale
* Screen Printed Apparel by Chinchilla
* Sex Toys by Cucci
* A raffle with prizes from Chinchilla, Cucci, Pati Garcia and other amazing prizes!

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"Within The Body" Art Show & Benefit for GenderJUST


"in or into the interior or inner part; inside" / "in the mind, heart, or soul; inwardly"

"Within the Body " art show takes place on November 6th, at the Artist of East Bank building at the edge of the Bridgeport art community.  Performance art, installation, music, and 2d pieces from several emerging artists will be showcased. Pieces will be available for auction from each visual artist. Proceeds will benefit Gender JUST Campaigns.

"Within the Body" hopes to shed geographic and visual expectations from traditional gallery shows.  The show features emerging artists working closely with Gender Just and several local outreach organizations dealing with issues of gender and discrimination.

Opening Reception

November 6 from 6-11PM

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IFGE Announces Call For 2010 Trinity Award Nominations

Oct 11, 2009 – Washington, D.C., - The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being sought for the Trinity Awards – to be presented at the 2010 IFGE Annual Conference – The Capital Conference, to be held at the Hilton Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia April 22-25, 2010.

“The Trinity Awards honor our heroes: living transgender persons who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and love in service to the transgender community,” noted Yvonne Cook-Riley, Awards Committee Chair. 

“Participation across the entire transgender community, its allies and friends, is essential to the awards-nominating process, and we hope to see everyone at the awards ceremony at the Capital Conference next April, “ Cook-Riley continued.

 Video from IFGE 2008...

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